Right this minute would be a good time to scoop up some fun food-related bargains and help out a good cause at the same time. The Austin chapter of the nonprofit women’s culinary group Les Dames d’Escoffier is holding an on-line auction of culinary goodies, and it’s going on until Oct 19 (full disclosure: I’m a member of the group). Here’s some of the delicious stuff you can bid on: one month of fresh veggie delivery from Farmhouse Delivery; a “Butcher’s Box” of charcuterie from Salt & Time; a $50 gift certificate to Antonelli’s Cheese Shop; a tour of the Grafton Village Cheese Company in Grafton, Vermont, including overnight and a dinner; a private tour, wine tasting, and lunch at Fall Creek Vineyards; several cookbook packages; and much, much more. Log on, fill out “Register To Bid” info, and when you’re accepted, click through the items listed down the left side. There’s a lot, and they make great holiday gifts and indulgences. Where do the profits go? Toward culinary scholarships and Austin-area community outreach programs.